Sabres Open 2014-2015 Season Hosting Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR 550)

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: Apr 13 vs NY Islanders Loss(SO) 4-3

Columbus: Apr 28 vs Penguins Loss 4-3

Record:

Buffalo: 21-51-10

Columbus: 43-32-7

Points:

Buffalo: 52

Columbus: 93

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Columbus: 7th(4th in Metropolitan)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 150(30th)

Columbus: 226(12th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 243(25th)

Columbus: 214(13th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 14.1%(29th)

Columbus: 19.3%(11th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 81.4%(T-19th)

Columbus: 82.1%(T-14th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 2156(30th)

Columbus: 2431(23rd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 2816(28th)

Columbus: 2524(20th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 46.8%(28th)

Columbus: 51.6%(T-8th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 1992(13th)

Columbus: 2609(2nd)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 1238(9th)

Columbus: 1081(23rd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(23), Ennis(21), Hodgson(20), Gionta(18)

Columbus: Johansen(33), Anisimov(22), Atkinson(21), Hartnell(20)

Assists:

Buffalo: Moulson(28), Hodgson(24), Ennis and Gionta(22), Stafford(18)

Columbus: Wisniewski(44), Dubinsky(34), Hartnell(32), Johansen(30)

Points:

Buffalo: Moulson(51), Hodgson(44) Ennis(43), Gionta(40)

Columbus: Johansen(63), Hartnell(52), Wisniewski(51), Dubinsky(50)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Gorges(+6), Moulson(+2), Gionta(+1), Larsson and Adam(EV)

Columbus: Tropp and Hartnell(+11), Nikitin(+9), Jenner and Tyutin(+6), Dubinsky and N. Foligno(+5)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Stewart(118), Foligno(82), Weber(73), Myers(58)

Columbus: Hartnell(103), Dubinsky(98), Foligno(96), Boll(62)

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(210), Stafford(185), Gionta(184), Hodgson(182)

Columbus: Johansen(237), Atkinson(216), Hartnell(207), Dubinsky(189)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(453), Ennis(242), Flynn(184), Foligno(146)

Columbus: Johansen(692), Dubinsky(586), Anisimov(476), Letestu(374)

Hits:

Buffalo: Weber(208), Foligno(206), Girgensons(161), Myers(107)

Columbus: MacKenzie(241), Dubinsky(234), Jenner(212), Foligno(210)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Weber(161), Myers(81), Pysyk(57), Flynn(55)

Columbus: Johnson(128), Murray(97), Tyutin(89), Savard(81)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Ennis-Moulson

Hodgson-Reinhart-Gionta

Foligno-Girgensons-Stewart

McCormick-Flynn-Mitchell

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Meszaros

Weber-Ristolaninen

Blue Jackets Forward Lines:

Hartnell-Anisimov-Dano

Foligno-Johansen-Atkinson

Calvert-Letestu-Wennberg

Skille-Chaput-Boll

Blue Jackets Defense Pairings:

Johnson-Savard

Erixon-Wisniewski

Tyutin-Prout

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 4-17-5 2.82 GAA .911 SV% 0 SO

Columbus: Sergei Bobrovsky 32-20-5 2.38 GAA .923 SV% 5 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: January 25 Sabres Won 5-2

Season Series: Blue Jackets Won 2-1-0

All-Time: Blue Jackets Lead 10-6-1

All-Time vs CBJ: Blue Jackets Lead 6-4-0

Upcoming Matchups:

February 24th @ Blue Jackets 7:00 PM

April 10th @ Blue Jackets 7:00 PM

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres’ Reinhart set for NHL debut vs. Blue Jackets

Season Series: The Columbus Blue Jackets won two of three games against the Buffalo Sabres during the 2013-14 season thanks largely to the efforts of Brandon Dubinsky, who scored two goals and an assist in the three games. The Sabres did win the most recent game, however, snapping a franchise-record eight-game winning streak for Columbus.

Blue Jackets team scope: Columbus made significant strides last season by winning a Stanley Cup Playoff game for the first time in franchise history, but issues surround the team as it opens the 2014-15 season. The biggest question mark might be forward Ryan Johansen, who was recently re-signed to a three-year contract after tense and public negotiations that caused him to miss training camp and the preseason. Johansen practiced Wednesday and said he feels ready to play, but coach Todd Richards said the forward’s status is still uncertain for the season opener. At the same time, health is already a problem for the Blue Jackets. With forwards Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner and defenseman Ryan Murray already on injured reserve, they announced Wednesday that Dubinsky will miss approximately six weeks following abdominal surgery.

Sabres team scope: The Sabres will get a glimpse of their future on opening night as Sam Reinhart, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will be in the lineup. Reinhart, who practiced Wednesday on a line with Cody Hodgson and Brian Gionta, can be returned to his junior team without burning a year of his entry-level contract as long as he doesn’t play more than nine games. Gionta, who was named captain on Tuesday, will also be making his debut for Buffalo after signing a three-year contract as a free agent this summer. A native of western New York, Gionta was captain of the Montreal Canadiens during their run to the 2014 Eastern Conference Final last season.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020005&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Larsson Concussion(IR/Out), Hackett Undisclosed(IR/Out), McCabe Undisclosed(IR/Out), Pysyk Upper Body(IR/Out)

Columbus: Jenner Broken Hand(IR/Out), Milan Face(IR/Out), Murray Knee(IR/Out), Horton Back(IR/Out), Gibbons Undisclosed(IR/Out), Dubinsky Lower Body(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

October 11th @ Blackhawks 8:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 13th vs Ducks 3:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 14th @ Hurricanes 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

October 17th vs Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 18th vs Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

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